Military Satellites

Launch Propels Southcom-sponsored Nanosatellite

WASHINGTON – An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space -- and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world. The nanosatellite, about the size of a loaf of bread and weighing just... more

Hawaii Rocket Carrying Satellite Fails after Takeoff

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii's first satellite crashed back down to Earth shortly after liftoff when a rocket failed. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Air Force confirmed the failure of the Super Strypi rocket at Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Tuesday. The rocket is designed to be a cost-effective method of launching smaller payloads. ... more

US Air Force Fixes Error with Boeing GPS Satellites

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Washington --The U.S. Air Force late Sunday, said it is working to resolve a technical error that affects some Boeing Co Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, although it did not hurt the accuracy of GPS signals received by users around the world. According to the Air Force Space Command, the glitch appeared to involve the ground-based so... more

Air Force Launches 3rd AEHF Satellite

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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency communication satellite at 4:10 a.m. EDT, Sept. 18, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was carried to orbit aboard an United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. The sat... more

Space Situational Awareness Key to AF’s 2014 Plan

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This article first appeared in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. The U.S. Air Force is prioritizing continued improvements in its ability to surveil activities in space and keeping up production of existing satellites over developing new spacecraft in its fiscal 2014 budget request, which was sent last week to Congress. The service's unclassif... more

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